[tdwg-tag] RDF N3

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Sun Jan 24 12:51:22 CET 2010

I agree with Kevin. XML may be verbose, but there are lots of tools  
for processing it, virtually none for N3.

For example, if I harvest RDF by resolving a LSID, I can use XPath to  
extract the bits I'm interested in, and programming languages such as  
PHP support this out of the box. Likewise for providers, there are  
tools that ensure the XML being output is valid.

Personally, if you're looking for an alternative to XML, N3 isn't the  
answer (that'd be JSON).



On 24 Jan 2010, at 02:25, Kevin Richards wrote:

> I like the sound of the 'compactness' of the format, but I worry  
> that there is a lack of tools that support the format (ie browsers,  
> mainly). It is quite nice to naturally navigate the rdf world with a  
> standard browser.  But for transfer standards, I suppose this  
> wouldn't matter.
> Kevin
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> From: "Bob Morris" <morris.bob at gmail.com>
> Date: Sun, Jan 24, 2010 12:08 PM
> Subject: [tdwg-tag] RDF N3
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> Let's make N3 be the recommended RDF representation. It is way more
> compact and human readable than RDF/XML.  We could even specify a
> normative conversion tool if necessary.
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